ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The American Midwest Conference (AMC) has announced the addition of Lincoln College to the Conference as a single-sport member.
The Lynx will join the AMC for the sport of wrestling, beginning with the 2019-20 season.
“It is great to welcome Lincoln College’s wrestling team to the American Midwest Conference,” said AMC Commissioner, Will Wolper. “While only their second year competing as a four-year institution and as an NAIA member, Lincoln has a long history of success on the mat and we are proud to have them join the AMC as wrestling continues to grow in the AMC.”
Lincoln was accepted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in April of 2018, making 2019-20 its second year of competition in the NAIA.
Lincoln offers 19 sports at the NAIA level. Before the NAIA, Lincoln was a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) where its wrestling program saw tremendous success with numerous All-Americans and multiple top-five national team finishes, most recently a fourth-place finish in 2017 and two team National Championships.
“It’s an exciting time for Lincoln College Athletics and for our wrestling team to join the American Midwest Conference,” said Lincoln Director of Athletics, Mark Perdue. “It adds to the excitement of being a new NAIA member.”
With the addition of Lincoln, the AMC will have nine wrestling schools including full members Central Baptist (Ark.), Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.), Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.), Lyon (Ark.), Missouri Baptist and Williams Baptist (Ark.) and fellow single-sport members Calumet (Ind.) and Marian (Ind.).
The American Midwest Conference proud member of the NAIA with 13 full-time members from Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee and three single-sport members from Illinois and Indiana. The AMC was chartered in 1986 as the “Show-Me Collegiate Conference” becoming the American Midwest Conference in 1994. The Conference sponsors 16 championships, eight for each men and women – baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s indoor track & field, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field, women’s volleyball and men’s wrestling.